Two men arrested with the help of a tactical team in Winnipeg’s Exchange District on Wednesday have been charged with first-degree murder, after what’s believed to be a gang-related killing in the William Whyte neighbourhood last week, police said Friday.
Police were called to a home on Selkirk Avenue between Arlington and Parr streets around 9:30 a.m. on May 21, where they found the victim, who they identified as Nairne Marshall James Chapais, 23, in critical condition. He later died in hospital, Const. Jay Murray said.
“Investigators believe the homicide was premeditated and gang-related,” Murray said at a press conference on Friday, adding that the home where Chapais was shot was the scene of another shooting just three days before.
On Wednesday, police tracked two suspects down at an Exchange District hotel. One of the men was arrested without incident, but police learned another suspect was armed in a room at Mariaggi’s Hotel.
Murray explained that the situation was “delicate.”
“We don’t want there to be a danger to the public and unnecessary danger to people who are staying at the hotel or the employees there,” he said.
Officers, including a tactical team, closed off an area around King Street and McDermot Avenue and took the other man into custody Wednesday evening.
Police found a gun, and a small amount of cocaine was found on one of the men.
Murray said no shots were fired that evening.
Tyler Ryan Kenneth Jack, 21, and Clarence Raymon Scott, 30, have both been charged with first-degree murder, and a host of other weapons charges. They were temporarily staying at the hotel.
Scott is also facing charges related to the earlier shooting at the Selkirk Avenue home last week.
Murray says police are concerned about the possibility of more violence.
“This is gang-related. Anytime we have gang-related violence, there’s a propensity for violence to continue. We’ve seen that in the past and we can expect that we’ll see this in the future, unfortunately,” he said.
He added that a homicide that took place outside the Citizen Night Club last November led to another homicide and other shootings.
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